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Health Care Aide (2018-2019)


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Program length

23 weeks



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Total: $3,767.50

Total: $9,617.50

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  • minimum of English Language Arts 10-1 (or provincial equivalent), or successful completion of NorQuest academic assessment

Health Care Aide workplace education delivery applicants only:

  • all program admission requirements listed
  • must be currently employed as a front-line caregiver in a participating agency
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This program information is not for the current academic year. If you are interested in a program starting before July, view the current academic year of the program.

Course Listing

Course CodeTitleCredit
Term 1 - 21 weeks
Heath care aides work in a variety of employment settings providing care that is safe, ethical, respectful, and based on the needs of the client. This type of care is referred to as client-centred care. This course focuses on the roles and responsibilities of the health care aide in meeting the standards of client-centred care. To meet the goals of client-centred care, the health care aide must be familiar with the provincial legislation that guides safe, ethical, and personalized care. In addition, the HCA must know how to work effectively as part of the health-care team. Knowledge of the employer's policies and procedures and job descriptions is also essential. This course provides the firm foundation upon which the knowledge and skills learned in all other program courses are built.
  • 40 Lecture
  • 5 Lab
  • 0 Work Experience
Strong communication skills are an important part of being a successful health care aide in a health-care environment that requires competent verbal, written, and electronic communication skills. This course focuses on professional communication with other team members, clients, and client families; written communication including documentation in client records and report completion; and strategies for problem solving and handling conflict. Strategies for overcoming the challenges and barriers to communication between client and caregiver caused by disease and aging in the client will also be discussed.
  • 21 Lecture
  • 9 Lab
  • 0 Work Experience
In this course, you will study the 10 systems that make up the human body and discuss the milestones of growth and development across a lifetime. You will read about and discuss the most common of the chronic illnesses that you may encounter, and you will learn how to provide safe care based on best practices according the clients’ diagnoses, needs, and care plans. The information learned in this course will provide you with care strategies to support the client, the client’s family, and yourself through the process of a client’s dying and death.
  • 39 Lecture
  • 0 Lab
  • 0 Work Experience
In this course, you will learn to support clients to maintain their independence and meet their care needs according to individual care plans. You will acquire the skills and knowledge you need to assist clients with daily grooming and hygiene and to assist clients to walk and use mobility aids and wheel chairs safely. You will learn several methods for carrying out client lifts and transfers, with a focus on client safety and comfort. Upon completion of the course, you will have excellent baseline knowledge of standards for meeting client nutritional needs and strict guidelines in safe food handling as set out in Alberta Long-Term Care Accommodation Standards.
  • 28 Lecture
  • 35 Lab
  • 0 Work Experience
Under the direction of a regulated health-care professional, students will work in a designated assisted living (DAL) site providing care and support for clients.
  • 0 Lecture
  • 6 Lab
  • 34 Work Experience
Building on the basic skills introduced in previous courses, this course gives students the opportunity to learn the advanced skills that health care aides need to support care activities such as ostomy care, respiratory care, catheter care, and tube feeds. In addition, accurate measurement of vital signs is demonstrated, practised, and assessed, and students will acquire the knowledge and skills required to provide safe active and passive range-of-motion exercises.
  • 17.5 Lecture
  • 23.5 Lab
  • 0 Work Experience
This course will assist you to work safely within the legal roles and responsibilities of health care aides in this province. Assisting with medication delivery is a very challenging and highly responsible task. The theory and labs of this course will allow you to undertake this task with competence and confidence. This course is included in the HCA Preparation for Employment provincial standard as mandated by Alberta Health Services.
  • 6 Lecture
  • 12 Lab
  • 0 Work Experience
A central feature of this course is the extensive section on meeting the care and comfort needs of clients with a diagnosis of dementia. Students also learn about care strategies for assisting other diverse client groups such as clients with a mental health diagnosis and clients with developmental delays and physical disabilities. Health care aides employed by home care agencies may have the opportunity to provide care for infants and children, and this course provides the information and skills needed to assist with these care assignments.
  • 47 Lecture
  • 2 Lab
  • 0 Work Experience
Under the direction of a regulated health-care professional, students will work in a continuing care setting providing care and support for clients.
  • 0 Lecture
  • 12 Lab
  • 148 Work Experience